2+2=? - A Reflection on John 11:45-56
Okay, so all of us might not be able to solve quadratic equations but I am sure you can all solve this one. How much is 2+2? 4, yeah? Now, tell me. If there is a guy who has been dead and buried for four days, and another guy raises him up from the dead, making him as good as new, who can this other guy possibly be? God, right? Because only God can do something like this. It is as obvious as two plus two equaling four, but some people don’t get it.
Or maybe they do. Maybe they do know that he is God. But accepting that he is God means accepting a lot of change. First, they would have to admit they were wrong about a lot of things, and that is absolutely terrible. They would have to relinquish all the power they had, because obviously with God around, they wouldn’t be the boss-men anymore. And that would be even more terrible. Then, of course they would have to change the way they thought and acted. You can’t get more terrible than that!
When they reasoned it all out, they realized they didn’t want anything to change. So, they were left with only one option. To kill him. Crazy, ya, but you know what? If we were in their place and didn’t want to accept the truth about someone, we’d do the same thing. We’d simply have no choice. It’s either us or it is him; it is either our way or it is his. But since we are not murderers, we’d have to find other ways of killing him.
We’d toss him out of our courtrooms. We’d toss him out of our schools. We’d toss him out of our homes. We’d toss him out of our lives. We’d turn his name into a swear word, acting like he is like less than nothing. We’d not listen to anything he said. On the contrary, we would go about doing whatever we wanted to do, unmindful of how ridiculous some of these things are, forget about being obscene.
And, of course, we’d never imagine there would be consequences, any more than the Jews imagined there would be. After all, we had succeeded in killing God. But I don’t know. I look around and I see everybody holed up in their homes, afraid to step out because they might die like thousands of others are dying, and I wonder what they are thinking now, all these guys who tried to kill God. Do they wonder if they made a mistake? That God cannot really be killed.
I don’t know. What do you think? What’s two plus two again?